What Time Is Jimmie Johnson’s 2nd IndyCar Race This Weekend? Where to Watch the Firestone GP?

Published 04/24/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson attends NTT IndyCar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 11, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


This weekend, the second round of the 2021 IndyCar Series kicks off. Admittedly, Jimmie Johnson did not enjoy a particularly great series debut at Barber Motorsports Park. The 45-year-old was the slowest of all the rookies, finishing down in 19th place. Of course, it is worth noting that this is just the first race.

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Now, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver will be preparing for the next race. This time around, the IndyCar drivers head to the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Everything kicks off with Practice 1 at 4:15 PM ET, which will run for 45 minutes on Friday. Then, Saturday will play host to Practice 2, which is another 45-minute session at 9:45 AM ET.

How does the rest of the IndyCar weekend play out for Jimmie Johnson?

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Later on, at 1:45 PM ET, the IndyCar drivers will head out for qualifying. This time around, the session will last for one hour and 15 minutes. Then, at 10:00 PM ET, the highlights of the session will air for the viewers at home. Finally, Sunday’s race will kick off at 12:00 PM ET, and coverage will last until 3:00 PM ET.

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Apr 18, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Indy driver Jimmie Johnson (48) at Barber Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

When not watching the race live, fans can tune in to NBC Sports Network, Peacock or IndyCar Radio. Meanwhile, Eurosport will air the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Asia. Fox Sports will air the race in Australia and New Zealand, along with Sky Sport. In Europe, there are a variety of channels that will air the IndyCar race, like Sky Sports, Canal+, Ziggo Sports, Sport1 and many more.

Out of the 17 rounds on the 2021 IndyCar calendar, Jimmie Johnson will race in 13 rounds. The remaining four races will kick off on oval layouts, including a double-header at the Texas Motor Speedway on May 1 and 2. Of course, the seven-time Cup Series champion will compete in a double-header on the Belle Island Street Circuit on June 12 and 13. Johnson will also miss a race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the World Wide Technology Raceway.

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